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The magazine for Oregon's Willamette Valley LIVING Willamette MARCH APRIL 2024 Portland to Eugene & everything in-between! FLORENCE FLOWER FARMS FACES OF THE VALLEY + Green Garden Green Life

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California’s State Capital

Sacramento, California’s capital city, has a lot to offer to visitors. Here’s a list of things to do:

Visit the California State Capitol: Explore the historic California State Capitol building, take a guided tour, and learn about California’s political history.

Old Sacramento State Historic Park: Step back in time and wander through Old Sacramento, a well-preserved historic district with cobblestone streets, charming shops, museums, and restaurants.

California State Railroad Museum: Discover the fascinating history of railroads in California at this extensive museum, featuring restored locomotives, exhibits, and interactive displays.

Crocker Art Museum: Immerse yourself in art and culture at the Crocker Art Museum, which houses an impressive collection of Californian, American, and European artworks spanning centuries.

Explore Midtown: Spend some time exploring Midtown Sacramento, known for its vibrant arts scene, trendy boutiques, cafes, and lively nightlife.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park: Learn about California’s pioneer history at Sutter’s Fort, a reconstructed fort that was a key settlement during the California Gold Rush.

Farm-to-Fork Capital: Indulge in Sacramento’s culinary scene, known for its farm-to-fork ethos. Visit local farmers’ markets, dine at farm-to-table restaurants, and experience the flavors of Northern California.

Cycling along American River Bike Trail: Rent a bike and enjoy a scenic ride along the American River Bike Trail, a 32-mile paved path that winds through parks, woodlands, and alongside the river.

Sacramento Zoo: Spend a day at the Sacramento Zoo, home to a diverse collection of animals from around the world, including rare and endangered species.

Day Trip to Napa Valley: Take a short drive to Napa Valley and explore world-renowned wineries, enjoy wine tastings, and soak in the picturesque vineyard views.

River Cruises: Take a relaxing cruise along the Sacramento River aboard a historic paddle wheeler or riverboat, offering sightseeing tours and dinner cruises.

Catch a Show at the Crest Theatre: Experience Sacramento’s entertainment scene by catching a movie or live performance at the historic Crest Theatre, known for its stunning art deco architecture.

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California Automobile Museum: Automobile enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the California Automobile Museum, which showcases a diverse collection of vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles.

With its blend of history, culture, outdoor recreation, and culinary delights, Sacramento offers something for everyone to enjoy.

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Publisher's Update



As some of you may know, I'm a big fan of warm weather and blue sky. So this time of year is always rough, but I remain optimistic that the break is coming. Every year it seems like there is one day when the sun comes out and summer begins. No gradual change, just an overnight shift. The day where the color of the sky matching the sidewalk finally comes to an end. Alas, that day is not today. But it's coming.

Every summer we celebrate our local business leaders in our July/August issue. The winners of our "Best of the Valley" contest are announced. Voting is going on now on our website at willametteliving. com. If you've got a few favorite places you frequent, show them you appreciate their hard work and vote for them.

You know what costs a fortune? Berries from the grocery store. In the off-season, I can never quite bring myself to buy blueberries from Chile, or some such far-flung location when we live right here in blueberry central. A neighbor up the street, who is far more organized than I am, spent a lot of time building herself a little blueberry farm in her front yard. Not a lot of space, but when she told me how many gallons of berries she'd harvested I was stunned. Turns out they are pretty easy to grow here in the Willamette Valley! Our regular contributor, and nursery owner

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extraordinaire, Brenda Powell of Garland Nursery has put together an article for this issue on growing berries. I think I'm going to give it a try. Particularly when I read everywhere how good blueberries are for our health! We went to see Ringo Starr (yes, of Beatles fame) last summer in Eugene. Someone asked him how he stayed so young. His answer... blueberries. I'm sold.

As in every issue, Elaine has been out leaving no stone unturned in her search for the best of our area. Her articles about local flower farms, the city of Tigard, and a quick trip to Florence are full of finds for you to go check out this summer. Study up now so you're ready to roll when the snow clears.

Lastly, I want to give a sincere thanks to Brian Egan for providing us with our "Art in the Valley" column for the past several years. Of course thanks is also due to Kris Egan for her dilligent proofing of every article. In fact, now that I'm thinking about it, I don't think there's ever been a typo in Brian's submissions -more than can be said of my hack writing! Conversely, please join me in welcoming local artist Sabra Comins who will be taking up the torch in the next issue.

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THE Lead

From March through May, Boom Arts and Portland Center Stage present Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour and his audacious new theatrical experiment. Each night, a different performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits unseen in a sealed box …Touchingly autobiographical yet powerfully universal, NASSIM is a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can both divide and unite us. See local actors, artists, and celebrities perform the script for the very first time, right along with the audience, March 30 - May 12, 2024. NASSIM is a Bush Theatre (UK) and Nassim Soleimanpour production. Tickets are on sale now, including sliding scale tickets for BIPOC Affinity Night, a.k.a. The People’s Party, on Saturday, May 4, at 2:00 p.m.

NASSIM graces the Ellyn Bye Studio stage with an exciting roster of Portland artists, community members, and celebrities taking part in this unique theatrical event, including Zia McCabe (The Dandy Warhols), Larry Owens (Abbot Elementary), Joaquin Lopez (Portland’s Creative Laureate), Kevin Cook (aka Poison Waters), Maddie Tran (HAIR), and so many more. NASSIM is performed all over the world, and has been universally praised by theater critics. “The most unconventional theater experience you will ever encounter … It is a play for innovators, dreamers and people who aim to break boundaries. It’s a breeze, it’s a delight, and it is a must watch,” said Ishita Mathur, Pelican Magazine.

“The play is reflective of the spirit of the playwright himself: warm, inviting and humorous,” says Tracy Cameron Francis, Artistic Director of Boom Arts. “It’s a perfect encapsulation of Boom Arts’ mission, to use performance to build empathy and understanding between different cultures.”

“After our wonderful partnership on Kristina Wong’s Sweatshop Overlord last season, NASSIM felt like a perfect project to partner on with Boom Arts,” adds Chip Miller, Associate Artistic Director at Portland Center Stage. “In addition to being able to

collaborate with a singular artist like Nassim, the opportunity to showcase so many of Portland’s great talents across mediums and industries is a delightful gift to share with our community.”

NASSIM was originally commissioned and produced by the Bush Theatre and received its World Premiere at the Bush Theatre, London, on July 25, 2017. NASSIM won the Fringe First Award at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was subsequently performed in 20 countries within 200 days. In 2019, NASSIM landed in New York City for its American premiere and an Off-Broadway run, where it won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Unique Theatrical Experience. The five-month New York City Center run boasted over 150 renowned actors, writers, and creators, including Michael Shannon, Tracy Letts, Kate Arrington, Carrie Coon, Lisa Emery, Cory Michael Smith, Kathy Najimy, Michael Urie, Phillipa Soo, and many other stars of theater, television, and film.

“Soleimanpour makes a quietly persuasive case for theater’s special power to foster empathy.” –The London Evening Herald

For more information on the show, please visit https://www.pcs. org/nassim.


From Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour (creator of the Off-Broadway smash hit White Rabbit, Red Rabbit) comes an audacious new theatrical experiment. Each night, a new, unrehearsed local performer joins the playwright on stage, while the script waits, unseen, in a sealed box... Touchingly autobiographical yet powerfully universal, NASSIM is a striking theatrical demonstration of how language can both divide and unite us.


Find out more about each new performer for every night of NAS-

Nassim Soleimanpour in "NASSIM" Photos David Monteith-Hodge.


NASSIM is brought to life by Nassim Soleimanpour, Stage Manager Dana Petersen, and Production Assistant Taz Coffey. The original creative team include Director Omar Elerian, Designer Rhys Jarman, Sound Designer James Swadlo, Lighting Designer Rajiv Pattani, Production Manager Michael Ager, Script Editors Carolina Ortega and Stewart Pringle, and General Manager Shirin Ghaffari. Casting for the Portland production by Chip Miller and Tracy Cameron Francis.


When: March 30 - May 12, 2024*

*Opening Night/Press Night:

Friday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Preview Performances: March 30, 31, April 3, and 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Pay What You Will Performances: Sun, March 31 and Wed, April 17 at 7:30 p.m.

The People’s Party: BIPOC Affinity Night:

Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Where: In the Ellyn Bye Studio at The Armory, 128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, Oregon.

To Purchase Regular Tickets: Prices range from $25 to $93, and tickets may be purchased at 503-445-3700 or in-person from the box office. Prices vary by date and time and are subject to change. Ticket Specials: Visit to view ticket specials, including Rush Tickets, Pay What You Will, Arts for All, Active Duty,

Military Veteran, Student, Under 30, The Armory Card, Groups of 10+, and more. Please Note: This production contains strong language.

Accessibility: Learn about accessibility options at


Art Exhibit: Meet Me At The Center by Maria TD Inocencio

Through March 31, 2024 • Mezzanine • FREE

Meet Me At The Center celebrates Portland's diversity and the dynamic energy generated by an exchange of ideas and a shared experience. This two-part installation of mixed media collage uses images from nature to represent our city's residents and the ways that their lives intersect. Symbolizing our uniqueness as individuals along with our common humanity, this piece hopes to show that we can respect the beauty within each other while discovering the greater magnitude of beauty possible when we join in community.

Piano Bar with Courtney Freed and David Saffert

Tue, March 12, 2024 • 6-9 p.m. • FREE

Join us for this monthly event with local songstress Courtney Freed and Portland-based pianist David Saffert as they host a good old-fashioned PIANO BAR.

Art Exhibit: ¡Soy Yo! by Mika Martinez

March 6 - April 7, 2024 • FREE

¡Soy Yo! is a multimedia project, created by Mika Martinez, that examines and

celebrates Latinx identity, featuring more than 50 portraits of the Hispanic/Latino community in Portland.

March First Thursday featuring Seffarine

Thu, Mar 7, 5 p.m. • FREE

Celebrate March First Thursday with a vibrant performance by Seffarine and their unique combination of Southern Spain and Morocco-influenced songs. There will also be art exhibits by Mika Martinez and Ronin Roc, partner tables by Pueblo Unido PDX and Portland Refugee Support Group, and complimentary select beer provided by Deschutes Brewery.

VOICES: BIPOC Adoptee Author Reading Series

Thu, Mar 14, 6:30 p.m. • FREE

Join us for VOICES, a BIPOC Adoptee Reading Series. Five BIPOC adoptee authors,including Shannon Gibney, Susan Ito, Sam Roxas-Chua, Alice Stephens, and Angela Tucker, will share their unique perspectives through prose and poetry.

BIPOC Affinity Night w/ DJ Set by Perreo Princess

Friday, March 15, 2024 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. PDT FREE

As part of BIPOC Affinity Night for our production of Quixote Nuevo, join us for a pre-show DJ set by Perreo Princess, who will be playing a fun mix of music that spans genres and geography including cumbia, pop, house music and perreo. Enjoy complimentary beverages from Multnomah Whiskey Library and Deschutes Brewery. There will also be a PCS

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SIM by visiting the Portland Center Stage website, here:

season-themed photo booth and PCS posters and merchandise available.

Chingona Happy Hour and DJ Panel Discussion

Saturday, March 23, 2024 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


The Chingona Happy Hour will provide a QT/BIPOC space where women can come together to connect, support each other, and honor BIPOC creatives, community builders, and inspiring women who gift us with their talents.

The theme of the event is “Still Blooming”— despite our struggles. This event will include an all-women DJ lineup as well as the panel.

Live Pre-Show Music: Palmas Del Sol

Thu, Mar 28, 6:30 p.m. • FREE

Enjoy a pre-show music performance by Portland-based quintet Palmas Del Sol, who intertwine a cross-generational mix of Cumbia, Salsa, Tropical, and Latin Pop elements into their upbeat live shows.

Sweet Honey in the Rock, with Resonance Ensemble

Sat, Apr 6, 7:30 p.m. • $69-$79

Known as one of the most versatile performing collectives in music today with their deep catalog of socially conscious music rooted in African-American history and culture, Sweet Honey In The Rock® performs with The award-winning vocal group Resonance Ensemble to present a concert of community singing.


Portland Center Stage’s mission is to create transcendent theatrical experiences and community programs that break down the barriers separating people. We support our community in celebrating the full scope of humanity, appreciating difference, and fostering belonging. PCS was established in 1988 as a branch of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and became independent in 1994. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Ma-

rissa Wolf and Managing Director Liam Kaas-Lentz, the company produces a mix of classic, contemporary, and world-premiere productions, along with a variety of high-quality education and community programs. As part of its dedication to new play development, the company has produced 29 world premieres, many of which were developed at its JAW New Play Festival. PCS’s home is The Armory, a historic building originally constructed in 1891. After a major renovation, The Armory opened in 2006 as the first building on the National Register of Historic Places, the first performing arts venue in the country, and the first building in Portland to achieve a LEED Platinum rating.

Portland Center Stage is committed to identifying and interrupting instances of racism and all forms of oppression through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). Learn more at

The Portland Center Stage 2023-24 Season is supported by Argyle Winery, Brown-Forman Distributing, Ellyn Bye, Ray and Bobbi Davis, Deschutes Brewery, Ronni Lacroute, Mark Spencer Hotel, Mellon Foundation, James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Multnomah Whiskey Library, National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Shubert Foundation, and U.S. Bank.


Working at the intersection of arts and activism, Boom Arts’ mission is to imagine new social and political possibilities through performances. Since 2012, Boom Arts has introduced Portland audiences to artists from around the world who make bold, relevant performances, allowing for exposure and exchange between communities and cultures. www. @boomartspdx

Written by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin

Directed by Robert Salberg

Music by Matthew Sklar

Lyrics by Chad Beguelin

The musical follows four Broadway actors lamenting their days of fame, as they travel to the conservative town of Edgewater, Indiana, to help a lesbian student banned from bringing her girlfriend to high school prom.

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Art in the Mid-Valley

Our local arts and culture scene gets a big boost when PRAx opens its doors to the public for an Open House on April 6th from noon to 7pm. The Patricia Valian Reser Center for the Creative Arts (PRAx) is a 49,000 square-foot performing and visual arts destination on the campus of Oregon State University in Corvallis. In four indoor and two outdoor venues they will present concerts, exhibitions, and performances by internationally touring artists and by OSU student ensembles. Beyond the building, PRAx acts as the hub of an arts and humanities network at OSU. They promote and facilitate arts-based approaches to all kinds of knowledge through unique initiatives and a wide array of artist residencies and fellowships in research labs, field stations, and other environments. Get to know PRAx up close at the all-day Open House. Explore the venues, look behind the scenes of the building, and enjoy live music, tours, art installations, the opening gallery exhibition, activities for children, and more. Meet the director and staff and discover what PRAx is all about. Daytime concerts include appearances by the Native Rose Band featuring Jan Michael Looking Wolf (whose Native American flute courses enroll thousands of OSU students per year) and by students in OSU bands and ensembles. The special evening concert (5-7pm) kicks off a multiyear commitment by PRAx to presenting musicians who explore the Indigenous history threaded through jazz music. Headliner Delbert Anderson (Navajo/ Diné) and his quartet have been celebrated by the New York Times for “putting the Indigenous sound back in jazz.” They are joined for a special appearance by vocalist Julia Keefe (Nez Perce), who will serve as artistic director at PRAx for an ongoing series showcasing contemporary Native jazz performers. The evening includes a performance of an extended work commissioned by PRAx, co-created by composers Franklin Piland, Delbert

Artwork and Gallery Opening

This special event features the unveiling of PRAx’s only permanent artwork, a sculpture by Refik Anadol that joins art, AI, and research data. For the opening, the piece appears alongside temporary installations by Rick Silva and an immersive, projection-based work by Fernanda D’Agostino.

The opening gallery exhibition, “Sonic Booms: How the Sound and Science of Technology Created Pop Music,” will be on view throughout the day. For more information about the open house or tickets to the evening concert go to

The Giustina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center at OSU proudly presents The Corvallis Art Guild - "Wonder", an extraordinary art exhibit that will take you on a captivating journey into the realms of awe, curiosity, poetry, questioning, mystery, and amazement. This exhibition showcases the Corvallis Art Guild members, as they explore and express their individual sense of wonder through their artwork. "Wonder" is an invitation to embrace the unknown, to question and seek answers, and to find inspi-

Opposing Forces by Brian

ration in the ordinary. It is an exploration of the inexplicable and the extraordinary, encouraging you to rekindle your own sense of curiosity about the world we inhabit. Whether you are an art enthusiast, a curious soul, or simply seeking a moment of inspiration, this exhibition promises to leave you spellbound. Join us and witness the awe, poetry, and amazement that our local artists have masterfully infused into their wonder-filled creations. The show runs from March 6th to April 28th, with an artists’ reception on Monday, April 1st from 5-7:30pm.

The Arts Center presents Heavenly and Earthly Paradise, a collection of sculptures and paintings by Nathaniel C. Praska reflecting on the pervasive theme of hallucinatory fear that has permeated society since the latter part of the 20th century. He conveys symbols and themes familiar to communities shaped by the ethos of a particular kind of individualism, often bordering on or reaching abandonment.

The sculptures in this exhibition are crafted from discarded materials such as joint compounds, chicken wire, fabric, wood glue, and remnants sourced from construction sites. The paintings are created with hurried scribbles and handmade paint-sticks that he produced from a blend of pigment, walnut oil, alkyd binder, and beeswax. Nathaniel’s subject matters morph into enigmatic symbols representing anxiety, absurdity, isolation, and paranoia. Praska positions these subjects alongside monstrous analogies, forging a visual language that encapsulates the mounting recognition of societal despondency and the precariousness of the post-1980s socio-economic paradigm within the United States. The show opens on March 14th and ends on April 27th, with an artist reception on March 21st from 5:30 to 7pm.

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Photo: Jim and Ruth Howland Community Open 2023 Anderson, and Julia Keefe. This special premiere will be presented with the OSU Jazz Ensemble and the OSU Chamber Choir.

The Mid-Willamette Woodworkers Guild will hold its 40th Annual Exhibit of Fine Woodworking at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library from April 25th to 28th with a reception on Friday, April 26th from 6-8pm. The show will include furniture, sculpture and multi-media creations. A display of outstanding pieces crafted by local high school wood shop students will provide an additional treat. This is also a good opportunity to chat with the creators and inquire about guild membership. The exhibit will be open during normal library hours. As a prelude to the show guild members will be displaying their work in the Footwise Store Gallery in Downtown Corvallis from March 1-31st .

The Corvallis Arts Walk (CAW) is a grass-roots art walk that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month in Downtown Corvallis from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Galleries, studios, arts and crafts stores, and the occasional pop-up keep their doors open late to host an art-related event or demonstration. You can pick up walking maps of the event at the Visit Corvallis office, 113 SW 3rd Street, Alley Suite 101, Corvallis.

This is my last issue of Willamette Living writing this feature, I would like to thank my wife Kris for making me look good by editing my articles for the last 6 years, and our publisher Scott Alexander for giving me the opportunity. Sabra Comins, another volunteer at The Arts Center will be taking over as writer with the May issue. I hope she enjoys the experience as much as me.

Artist Quote of the month:

"Art is our one true global language…it speaks to our need to reveal, heal and transform. It transcends our ordinary lives and lets us imagine what is possible."

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Oregon Watercolor Society Brings Show to Yachats Commons


The opening reception is from 4 – 6 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

The Art Opening and Reception is free to members, family, friends and the public and will include light appetizers and a cash bar provided by Beach Daisy Wine. The Exhibit will continue to hang at The Yachats Commons, and will be available

for public viewing Monday – Thursday, April 8 – 11 from 9 am – 5 pm and all paintings will be for sale.

The Watercolor Society of Oregon is one of the premier art societies of its kind in The United States. It was formed in 1966 and has a member list of some 500 artists.

“We are not exclusively for watercolor artists, as we embrace acrylic painters and water-based mixed media artists,” states current WSO President and Depoe Bay resident, Mary Holt. “The Experimental Exhibit every spring is a great opportunity to see that diversity in action.”

The exhibit will coincide with the 3-day

annual WSO Spring Convention, being held in Yachats, from April 5 – 7, when about 150 members and guests will descend upon the town for classes, meals, meetings, and awards, all of which will take place in The Yachats Commons and Pavilion buildings.

Guest Juror, Keiko Tanabe from San Diego, has completed numerous workshops and live demonstrations around the world and is a master of watercolor landscape, cityscape, waterscape and interior scenes.

For more information, contact Mary Jo Vranizan, WSO Convention Director, at (503) 708-2100 or

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The show will include: Tess Myers from Portland, JoAnn Pari-Mueller from Banks. As well as other artists that live near Corvallis and Eugene: Kara Pilcher from Silverton, Roxanne Williams from Cottage Grove, Harold Huestis from Eugene, and Jo Dunnick from Dexter. Riding With the Spirits by Jo Dunnick Awaiting by Tess Myers Out of the Mist by JoAnn Pari-Mueller Wanda's Lillies by Kara Pilcher Kachina Dancer by Roxanne Williams On the Mekong by Harold Huestis

What's New at River



River Gallery will present two exhibits during March/April. The Focus Artist will be Barb Meyer and her subject is “Woodland". She will be featuring an interactive show. The Window Show artist is Sue Mason and her delightful ceramics.

Focus Artist: Barb Meyer, Woodland

"My life and, in consequence, my art, has always been about the wild place and the incredible diversity that exists out there, whether it's the high desert plains, old growth forest or a coastal marsh.

"Woodlands" is an invitation to visitors to the gallery to share their visual interpretation of that word on an interactive mural through the month of March. Art supplies and a starting point will be provided at the gallery. As I've aged, my definition of "wild places" has changed, evolved maybe, to include those places close to home. As it should. They are all important."

The woodland theme with a gallery partners' focus show called "TREES".

Art by Barb Meyer

Window Artist: Sue Mason

The elegant glazing on Sue Mason’s ceramics allow her to create her special art pieces. The shape and form add to her artistic design and patterns. Her art will grace our window area in March and April while we look forward to the beauty of Spring.

Art by Sue Mason

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Therese Misner


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Finding Your Way Wanting Flowers Suncatcher Ted

My best memories of childhood are when I was getting lost in drawing. Like many artists, my creative curiosity developed from a young age, and at age nine, I found a love for drawing animals and landscapes. Pre-internet, it seems hilarious now, but I can remember the TV Guide having a picture of the week to draw and I used it as a reference many times.

My grandmother was a hobbyist painter, and she encouraged me to create. The rest of the family not so much. They were not familiar with art and had no interest in something so trivial. To say the least, they did not encourage me to pursue an artistic journey. Still, art had a tremendous impact on my self-esteem as a child. Being able to draw and illustrate was a skill I could use to set myself apart in school and when I was asked to submit illustrations for the school newspapers it was a big deal. Art gave me peace of mind even at a young age.

As we grow older, responsibilities and the chaos of life creep in. I studied business and found I was good with numbers and money. Strangely, I use my left brain as much as the right and have said many times I have a twisted mind. Now I know each side of the brain complements each other with problem-solving skills.

Eventually, I started a career as a financial planner. While working in the financial industry, I still created art as a way to relieve stress and “get away” from the challenges of the world. After about 15 years in the financial world, you might say burnout set in and I had a need to pursue my artistic journey. Deciding to take a chance and study art full-time was a big decision. Sitting in the parking lot of my boss's office for two hours, I managed the courage to tell him I was going to quit to study art. Everyone thinks you're crazy to choose an artistic journey when you are in the financial world. After quitting my job, it took my husband about two weeks to realize I was not going back to work. “You aren’t on vacation?” he said, finally acknowledging I was going to follow my artistic dream.

Studying art and painting 14 hours a day, I learned the academics of painting. I also took courses and studied other artists to learn the business side of art. This venture was the best thing I could ever do for my artistic career and life. During this time I found a love for modern abstract art as well as whimsy figurative work.

How the “Ted and His Bird Friends” collection was born. In 2016, while creating pieces for an upcoming gallery show, I was ripping paper and thought, this shape looks like a bird. I used the shape to create a simple yellow bird in one of the pieces and it turned out very fun so I added it to several paintings. At the show, I stood in the corner and listened. I heard visitors say “I don’t want that one, it doesn’t have the bird.”, and so that is when the Ted collection was started. I’ve created many Ted paintings since then and still get special requests for the little yellow bird.

Today I find the challenge and energy involved in commissioned work, building relationships with collectors, and discovering the joy in my collections invigorating. I show my work in galleries, online, and at my home gallery in Oregon on the family century farm.

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About Therese

More Than a body : Your Body is an Instrument, Not an Ornament

The twin-sister founders of the Beauty Redefined nonprofit draw on extensive research to outline practical alternative approaches to body image resilience, covering subjects ranging from toxic media messages to the constraints of self-objectification. (Nonfiction)

Now is Not the time to Panic : a novel

Twenty years after secretly causing panic in her hometown through the written word and artwork, along with a fellow loner named Zeke, famous author, mom and wife Frances Eleanor Budge gets a call that brings her past rushing back, threatening to upend everything. (Fiction)

Octopus Shocktopus!

When an octopus falls from the sky one day, the village's children quickly make friends with this strange creature that proves to be very handy until it mysteriously disappears, leaving everyone to wonder where it went and if it will come back.

Illustrations. (Children’s Picture Book)

One Long River of Song: notes on wonder

A playful, evocative book of spiritual essays for both religious and secular readers draws on the late awardwinning Portland Magazine editor's vast body of writing and explores small everyday miracles and love in all its forms. (Nonfiction)

The Only Good Indians : a novel

A novel that blends classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their lives. (Fiction)

Our Little Mushroom: a Story of Franz Schubert and His Friends

The true story of the prolific composer and musician who wrote 1,000 pieces of music during his lifetime is told through the words of his friends, who made sure the world heard their talented friend Franz Schubert. Illustrations. (Children’s Nonfiction)

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The priory of the orange tree by Samantha Shannon

A queen who would survive assassination attempts to continue her ruling line is protected with forbidden magic by a court outsider, while a secret society works to prevent a dragon war. By the best-selling author of The Bone Season. (Fiction)

Radiant : the Dancer, the Scientist and a Friendship Forged in Light

Describes the true story of an American performance artist in Belle Epoch Paris who began a lifelong friendship with scientist Marie Curie after dreaming about using on stage a glowing blue element she discovered. (Nonfiction)

The Royals Next Door by Karina

When elementary school teacher Piper Evans, who leads a quiet, reclusive life, finds herself in the middle of a royal scandal that rocks her tight-knit community, she must decide what she is willing to give up to have her own happily ever after. (Fiction)


Trees of the Northern Pacific Coast

Trees of the Northern Pacific Coast is a photographic guidebook that identifies over sixty of the most prominent native and naturalized tree species of the coastal region spanning from California, Oregon, and Washington, to British Columbia and Southern Alaska. Entries for each species contains a full description that details shape and form, physical characteristics, habitat, wildlife uses and information on identifying potential signs of disease and damage. Each entry will also include multiple photographs, detailing the tree's bark, needles/leaves, seeds/pinecones and overall appearance.

Author, Robert Weiss has been a botanist for 20 years and more recently an arborist, focusing on vascular and non-vascular plant surveys, noxious weed management, and seed collections. He has performed wetland delineations and tree hazard assessments. He has experience with vegetation surveys along utility lines and technical report writing. Most of his work as a botanist and arborist has been on the West Coast of the United States in Washington, Oregon, and California




Washington Square Mall and Bridgeport Village. But hiding just a block south of 99W is Main Street in Downtown Tigard; walkable, plenty of free parking, and lined with small, locally owned businesses.


Paddle Palace Club



"Your wacky uncle has always regaled you with stories of UFOs, Bigfoots, and government conspiracies, but, this time, his call feels different."

Fanno Creek meanders through the area and the nearby Tigard Transit Center is a stop on TriMet’s commuter line, West Side Express.


Paddle Palace is a table tennis club that has called Tigard home for eight years. Their members are all ages and play at every skill level. The club hosts weekly leagues and monthly tournaments. Coaches are on site for lessons and guests may purchase a day pass. They have ten tables that were all busy during our mid-day visit. Their sister business is the largest table tennis equipment distributor in the United States and operates an online shop and warehouse next door.

12230 SW Main Street, Suite B

Stumptown Escape Games

Hosting groups from two to twelve people, Stumptown is a popular place for parties and corporate team building. The Tigard location has four themed Escape Rooms and games last one hour. The best results make it to their “leaderboard!” They have a second location in Hillsboro with six rooms.

12550 SW Main Street #120

Dirkson Nature Park

This 48-acre park near downtown Tigard is on the Fanno Creek Trail, a 10.5-mile regional trail from SW Portland to Tualatin. Dirkson Nature Park has an education center, natural playground, and is the site of an oak savanna restoration project. The park’s boardwalk gives visitors access to forested wetlands teaming with birds and wildlife. 11130 SW Tiedeman Avenue

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Paddle Palace Club


Symposium Coffeehouse

Symposium Coffeehouse shares a light, bright space with the Tigard Chamber of Commerce in what was once a 1920’s feed store. In this location for 10 years, they serve espresso drinks and cocktails with their brunch menu, and their outdoor patio offers great views of Main Street. We enjoyed the Jambon y Queso Sandwich with our Oatmeal Latte! They roast their own coffee at a second location in Old Town Sherwood and sell beans at both shops.

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Beach Hut Deli

The Beach Hut Deli opened in downtown Tigard in 2017 and is family owned and staffed. The menu is surfing themed and filled with fresh, fun sandwich, salad, and “beach munchies” selections. The shop’s street-side tables are as popular as the food. We were happy with our choice of a Cabo Salad…all meals are served on a flying disc to take home so the dogs were happy too!

12436 SW Main Street

Cooper Mountain

Ale Works Public House

Located next to Fanno Creek, Cooper Mountain Ale Works hosts live music every Thursday. They grind meat for their scratch-made burgers every day and they offer Belgian/German-influenced seasonal specials. Their pizza is made from fermented, hand-formed dough and

baked in a brick oven. The local owners have partnerships with niche distillers and feature cocktails with craft spirits. They serve beers in a variety of styles all brewed on-site, and they’re happy to fill customers’ growlers. We went for the Cooper Mountain Sausage Board, and it was fantastic!

12562 SW Main Street


Jeffrey Allen Gallery

This well-stocked and beautifully displayed home and garden shop features Asian artifacts, furniture, and unique garden pieces. Opened in 1998 the shop specializes in larger house plants and orchid arrangements. They carry antique Chinese-origin furniture and offer interior and exterior home design services. Do not miss the outdoor patio filled with statuary, mature plants, and substantial planters. Say hi to the three shop roosters on your way by.

12460 SW Main Street

Main Street Stamp & Stationery

Originally opened as Southwest Office Supply in 1967, the second-generation owners still stock office supplies, but this expansive store now has everything needed for card making, scrapbooking, and paper arts. They teach classes and have a working space for customers to use. They will special order anything not onhand and carry a selection of fine writing instruments and gifts.

12245 SW Main Street

Curiosities Vintage Mall

Curiosities opened 10 years ago in Beaverton and in 2019, moved to this expanded space in Tigard. The shop is high-ceilinged and airy, and the sixty individual booths are a browser’s delight. The longtime vendors sell antiques, collectibles, vintage items, jewelry, and you-name-it!

12550 SW Main Street

Tigard was settled by several families. The most noteworthy was the Tigard family, headed by Wilson M. Tigard. Arriving in the area known as "East Butte" in 1852, the family settled and became involved in organizing and building the East Butte School, a general store (which, starting in 1886, also housed the area's post office) and a meeting hall, and renamed East Butte to "Tigardville" in 1886. —Wikipedia

Copper Mountain Ale House Main St. Stamp & Stationery Curiosities Vintage Mall Jeffrey Allen Gallery Beach Hut Deli Symposium Coffeehouse

Gardening with Kids:

Playing in the Dirt isn't Just Fun – It's Healthy, Too!


As it turns out, dirt is actually beneficial to the long-term health of kids, according to a Northwestern University article by Clare Milliken, "Germs at four, less inflammation at forty." Studies have found that early exposure to certain germs, like those found in dirt, actually helps kids' immune systems learn to regulate inflammation better. In turn, this exposure reduces kids' risk for many diseases throughout their lives.

For that reason, a family garden is a perfect opportunity to build your kids' immune systems. Better still, gardening offers lots of other benefits to kids and families.

Through gardening, kids learn to be responsible by caring for their own plants. It's also a great way to help kids learn about and develop an appreciation for science. Another health benefit is that gardening encourages healthier eating. Not to mention, it's an excellent activity for family bonding.

So gather up your kids and gardening supplies, head outdoors, and get ready for some dirt-filled fun.

Getting started

First, decide where to plant your garden. Then allow a small space for your child to have his or her own garden, too. This will help build your child's enthusiasm for the garden and encourage him or her to take ownership and responsibility for it. Having their own garden can be exciting and rewarding for kids because they know that they, alone (or with minimal help), grew those little seeds into a marvelous plant.

Next, decide what to plant. For young children, consider fast-growing plants they are familiar with. Little kids also love plants that are colorful or have strong scents.

If your kids are older, let them choose what they want to grow. But keep in mind your child's personality. If he tends to be impatient, suggest plants that are easy to care for and grow quickly.

As you proceed in planning and preparation, include your child in it as much as possible. Remember, this stage is as much fun for kids as it is for parents and helps build kids' enthusiasm. Also, let your kids help you draw up the garden plan. If

they're old enough, they can also create their own shopping list.

When you go shopping for the supplies, take your kids along and let them pick out their own seeds and gardening tools. For the safety of young children, look for kids' gardening tools made of durable plastic.

Planting your garden

When you begin planting, show your child how to plant the seeds and how to space them apart correctly. Then have your child water the seeds as directed.

To help your child take responsibility for his or her own garden, put a daily gardening task list on the refrigerator.

Also, to help your child maintain enthusiasm, suggest keeping a garden log. Kids can have fun recording the date of plantings, each day's gardening activities, when each plant sprouts, the amount of growth of the plants, and the harvesting.

Finally, after harvesting, have your child help you prepare the vegetables. Try different ways of preparing or cooking them to help your kid develop a life-long love for fresh, healthy veggies.

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Get 'Em Growing

Books on gardening with kids

To get your family's gardening project off on the right foot, consider an age-appropriate book. This will also help build your child's enthusiasm. To help make your family garden a success, a book for parents is included below as well.


The Little Gardener by Jan Gerardi (ages 3-4)

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together with Children by Sharon Lovejoy (ages 4-10)

The Book of Gardening

Projects for Kids: 101 Ways to Get Kids Outside, Dirty, and Having Fun by Whitney Cohen (for parents)

Gardening Lab for Kids: 52 Fun Experiments to Learn, Grow, Harvest, Make, Play, and Enjoy Your Garden by Renata Brown (ages 8-12)

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Some of the first edible plants I add to my landscape or garden are berries. Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, gooseberries, and western huckleberries. All these delicious fruits grow easily and well in the Willamette Valley. They are healthy for you with all those antioxidant polyphenols, and their relatively low sugar content and high fiber content make them fit into a lower-carb diet. They freeze well, and make great jams and desserts. You can toss them into a salad, onto plain yogurt, or simply eat them by the handful.

All these berries grow in 6 hours of direct sun. Blackberries, gooseberries, and huckleberries are better adapted to part shade, with gooseberries and huckleberries preferring part shade. However, the less sun, the less fruit production. Blueberries and huckleberries are more acid-loving, with a preferred pH of 4-5.5. The ideal for blueberries is 4.5. Willamette Valley soils typically range from 5.8-6.2. You may need to lower the pH of your soil to grow them although the use of an acid compost and/or acid fertilizer usually does the trick. Blackberries, gooseberries, raspberries, and strawberries prefer a pH of 5.5-6.5. The soil should be well-drained. Raspberries need the best drainage and do well in raised beds where there is heavy clay soil. Also, raspberries spread.

At the nursery, we get asked which varieties to choose. Taste is such a personal preference. Generally, I prefer tangier, slightly tart fruit with good flavor. Of course, they need to be good performers, too. So, going out on a limb, here is my list for each berry type that I enjoy and have performed well for me.

Brenda’s preferred varieties:



Excellent flavor. Large, bright black berry. Freezes well. Originated in Oregon.

Triple Crown:

Thornless and very productive.

Black Satin:

This is my sister’s favorite. It is also thornless and productive. The berries are tender, juicy, and sweet.


For best production and longest harvest time, I recommend planting at least 3 different varieties that bear early, mid and late season.


Early ripening. Large berries. Tangy, sweet flavor. Colorful fall foliage.

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Fun Fact: In 2022, Oregonians harvested 157.6 MILLION pounds of Blueberries! - The Oregon Blueberry Commission


Blue crop:

Mid season. Large, sweet berry with good flavor. Beautiful crimson fall color.


Late season. The largest berry and a long bearing time. Good flavor.


Early season. Sweet tart flavor. Shorter growing and better adapted to heavier soils.


Wear gloves when you pick! The red varieties are generally sweeter and can be eaten off the bush when ripe. Generally, though, the fruit is cooked with some sweetener.

Hinnomaki Red: I did eat this one fresh. Good flavor. My plant is still young but I like it. Disease resistant.

Oregon Champion: This is a green one, but very productive and great for our area. I have not grown it, but our plant buyer has and is impressed. Give it sun and air circulation to prevent powdery mildew.


Tulameen: Outstanding flavor and a very large berry. This one impressed all my co-workers. Listed as mid-late. It bears over a long season.

Caroline: Everbearing (early and late). Large berries with good flavor. High yields. More resistant to root rot.

Amity: I grew this at my old house. I liked it. Big berry and classic raspberry flavor. Must be ripe to pick.


Albion: Everbearing variety with good flavor. Sweet. Very large berry. Consistent producer.

Seascape: Everbearing. Juicy, large, sweet fruit. Produces longer than most strawberries.

Evergreen Huckleberries (Vaccinium ovatum).

Native to the northwest. These are related to blueberries and different from northeast huckleberries and red huckleberries. I planted them because they are native, not highly hybridized, and grow in partial to full shade, although they produce. Our plant buyer, Mitch, loves them because they have a great sweet/tart balance, and he enjoys snacking on them as he is out in his landscape.





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Day Tripper: Florence
Story & Photos: Elaine Rea
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Photo: Siuslaw River Bridge

FFlorence is a coastal, Lane County town of 9,400 and was incorporated in 1893. Its charming Old Town neighborhood sits below the Siuslaw River Bridge (US Highway 101) and features turn of the century buildings, housing, shops, and restaurants with plenty of free parking. Oregon’s “Coastal Playground,” Florence is at the

north end of the Dunes National Recreation area. The town hosts a Rhododendron Festival every May and a Hot Rod car show mid-September ( The nearby Port of Suislaw has a riverside RV campground with moorages available.

Bridge Trivia: The bridge was built by the Mercer-Fraser Co. of Eureka, CA, and opened for traffic in 1936. The Siuslaw bridge is a "bascule bridge" meaning the middle sections tilt up -- it's a drawbridge for boat traffic. The art deco style concrete tiered arches house mechanical equipment as well as living quarters for a bridge operator.

Things to See and Do:

Jesse M. Honeyman State Park

Located within a 47-mile stretch of sand dunes that runs from Coos Bay to Florence is the popular Honeyman State Park. There are day use and overnight camping areas and access to the dunes. Within the park are two, fresh water lakes named Clearwox and Woahink, good for swimming, fishing, and boating. During the summer, pedal boat, kayak, and paddle board rentals are available at Clearwox Lake. The park can also accommodate group camping.

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Torex ATV Rentals

Torex rents ATVs and side-by-sides by the hour and after orientation and safety briefings, drivers have direct road access to miles of sand dunes. They provide helmets and goggles, and kids are allowed if accompanied by an adult with a valid driver’s license. A family owned operation since 1999, they are open every day, rain or shine. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made online.

83960 US Highway 101

Sea Lion Caves

Since 1932, the Sea Lion Caves has been a privately owned wildlife and bird sanctuary and is one of the original Oregon Coast roadside attractions! Just 11 miles north of Florence, the largest sea cave in America is part of the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve. The caves are open for public viewing all year with the Stellar sea lions living in the caves during winter and outside on the rocks below during the summer. Tickets for the self-guided cave tour are sold in the gift shop.

91560 US Highway 101

Exploding Whale Memorial Park

In November of 1970, an 8-ton, 45foot sperm whale washed up on the beach near Florence and the State Highway Department determined that a half-ton of dynamite would be the best way to reduce the carcass to a manageable size. It famously didn’t go as planned but did result in a national news story and decades later a viral YouTube video. On its 50th anniversary in 2020, residents of Florence voted to name their newest park in honor of the event (ala “Boaty McBoatface” – Google it)!

612 Rhododendron Drive

Still Wagon Distillery Tasting Room

Distilled in nearby Reedsport, Florence is one of the company’s three, coastal tasting room locations. Still Wagon’s labels: Persian Reed for vodka and gin, Whiskey Run for single malt and other varieties, and their best seller, Devil’s Own for 20+ rum flavors. All spirits are made with top-quality ingredients and crafted in small batches. Their Ambassadors are on hand to explain the products; all are available to taste and purchase.

1341 Bay Street

Gingerbread Village Restaurant

As a bonus for folks driving from the Valley on Highway 126, Gingerbread Village is a classic, road-side restaurant near Mapleton, 16 miles east of Florence. The Village has been a traveler’s wayside for families spending a day at the dunes since 1966. They are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and fresh Gingerbread (ala mode, for sure) is available any time of day… yum!

12300 OR Highway 126, Mapleton

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Day Tripper: Florence Honeyman State Park Torex ATV Rentals Sea Lion Caves Exploding Whale Park Still Wagon Distillery Tasting Room Gingerbread Village
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Day Tripper: Florence Edwin K B&B Heceta Head Lighthouse and B&B River House Inn

Places to Stay:

Edwin K Bed & Breakfast

Originally the home of Florence businessman, Edwin Kyle, this house was built in 1914 and is walking distance to Old Town’s shops and eateries. The B&B takes reservations online and is open weekends for two-night stays. The four, en-suite rooms are high ceilinged, well apportioned, and spotlessly clean. Sarah, the on-site owner thinks of everything; from the welcome gift of slipper socks and insulated mugs to the goodie box of snacks for the car ride home. In between are scratch-made desserts, a multi-course breakfast, and drinks of your choice. The house also has a newly-built, attached, one bedroom condo that is available is for longer stays with a full kitchen, laundry, and two roll-away beds.

1155 Bay Street

Heceta Lighthouse Bed & Breakfast

Since 1995, the Keeper’s House at Heceta Head Lighthouse has been open as a Bed & Breakfast with six rooms furnished in antiques and period décor. The entire house can be rented for catered events. A National Restored Landmark, this 130-year-old property is managed by the U.S. Department of Forestry and maintained by a non-profit, Keepers of Heceta Head Lightstation (KHHL). The house has sweeping ocean views and guests are treated to a late-afternoon wine and cheese reception and a seven-course breakfast. There is a gift shop on the grounds and between Memorial and Labor Days, KHHL opens the house for public tours. The Heceta Head Lighthouse’s last keeper was retired in 1963 when the lighthouse was automated and it is now an Oregon State Park (

92072 US Highway 101 S, Dunes City

River House Inn

Tucked below the Siuslaw River Bridge, the River House Inn has beach access and water views. The hotel is dog-friendly and offers some rooms with kitchenettes for extended-stays. There is a market and deli on site and meeting rooms too. Locally-owned and operated, their sister property, Old Town Inn is located a few blocks away. 1202 Bay Street

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Places to Eat:

River Roasters

Bustling with locals and visitors alike, River Roasters has been under their current ownership for 16 years serving espresso drinks and freshly-baked goods from this river-adjacent location. The interior is cozy with a large stone fireplace and comfy chairs, and the views from the outdoor deck are best when the weather is cooperating. They have a coffee roasting operation and their beans are sold by the bag to enjoy at home.

1240 Bay Street

Sweet Magnolia Bakery & Café

Sweet Magnolia offers breakfast and lunch sandwiches, soup, and savory nibbles for brunch, but their housemade baked treats are customer favorites. Cakes, pastries, pies, and tarts are their specialty and they take custom orders for all occasions. The newest addition to their menu is house-churned gelato. We tried the Oregon Blueberry Cheesecake but we have it on good authority that the

Pear Almond Tea Cake is also fabulous.

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Mari’s Kitchen

Mari’s Kitchen has been at this location for four years. Their sidewalk tables have a bridge view and while breakfast and lunch are popular with diners, their dinner-time schnitzels are often a sell-out. Inside, the restaurant has a full bar. We had to order the Elvis sandwich; peanut butter, sliced banana, and bacon served open-faced on a croissant. It was delicious.

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Homegrown Public House

Located on a corner in a former car dealership, Homegrown Public House has been open for 10 years. In 2018, they started small-batch brewing and the restaurant runs 10 taps with rotating selections of beer and seltzer. The walls are decorated with works for sale by local artists. We loved their “No Bun Intended” Cheeseburger Salad with house-

made Cheddar and Garlic Ranch dressing.

294 Laurel Street

Novelli’s Crab & Seafood Restaurant Novelli’s is a dock-side, floating restaurant that sources their “crab-oriented” ingredients fresh from local fishermen. Enjoy their amazing Crab Chowder in a bread bowl and grab smoked salmon and cooked or live crab to take home. In business for eight years, the owner honors his late mother by serving “Mom’s Famous Garlic Bread.” It is a must-try!

100 Harbor Street, Boat Slip A13

Places to Shop:

Stitch & Sole

Housed in a 1938-built, former movie theater, Stitch & Sole opened in 2004 as a family-owned shoe store. This bright, beautifully-curated shop now carries Pacific Northwest-style apparel and outerwear for women, and shoes for women and men. They have bags and small leather goods as

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River Roasters Sweet Magnolia Mari's Kitchen Homegrown Public House Socks to a T Rival's Hollow

well as jewelry to complete an outfit.

1377 Bay Street

Socks to A T and Raining Cats & Dogs Pet Boutique

A single owner runs two businesses, a pet boutique and a sock shop, from a shared space in Old Town. Raining Cats & Dogs is stocked with colorful pet toys, leashes, jackets, and accessories for cats and dogs. They have novelty gifts for pet-lovers like signs, socks, and keychains. The walls in Socks to A T are lined floor to ceiling with thousands of pairs of brightly-colored socks. They carry screen-printed tees and sweatshirts, leggings, and slippers. Grab an “Exploding Whale” t-shirt, and enjoy watching seabirds from the shop’s large river-view windows.

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Rival’s Hollow

Rivals Hollow is one of a trio of shops operated by local owners. They carry puzzles, gifts, role-playing games, and all things Harry Potter. Dodgy Warhol is their pop culture-centered gifts and collectibles shop across the street. A couple of doors down their parent shop The Uncommon Collective features jewelry by local artists and gifts supplied by small businesses. They sell and take custom orders for engraved wood pieces they make inhouse.

1312 Bay Street

GREEN GARDEN, GREEN LIFE | 37 Locally owned and operated in Corvallis since 1962, The Clothes Tree provides exceptional quality merchandise and excellent customer service for all ages and sizes. Corvallis 204 SW Madison Ave. 541-752-5518
CLOTHES TREE Early to bed, early to rise, work hard, and accessorize! Stay Awhile Vintage Mercantile Thoughtfully curated antiques, vintage fashion, books, decor, militaria, toys, gifts and collectibles 425 W. 1st Ave, in Albany | 541-981-2373 Wednesday - Saturday 12 to 5:30, Sun by appt.
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Join us on Saturday, May 4, at the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd St, Corvallis, for Great Plants at Great Prices. The sale offers over 10,000 locally grown plants for both landscape and productive gardens. The sale is under cover in the Solar Barn and the Floral Courtyard, so don’t let a little rain keep you away. Payment can be made by cash, check, credit or debit card. Admission and parking are free. Sale hours are 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come early for the best selection.

After the cold and ice of winter, we imagine our gardens taking on new beauty and productivity. Pretty flowers catch our eye and visions of plump tomatoes tempt us. But how do you know which plants will thrive in your garden? Experienced Master Gardeners will be on hand to help you find the right plants for each location. Even if you don’t have much space, many plants can be grown in containers on your sunny patio or deck, including those plump tomatoes!

Landscape plants in the Solar Barn include both sun and shade perennials, groundcovers, shrubs, vines, and trees. You’ll find about 2,000 pots of native plants for

supporting pollinators, birds, and the ecosystem. As a bonus, most are low maintenance. Special collections include deer and drought tolerant plants, as well as traditional favorites like peonies. Locally grown plants are primed to do well in local garden conditions. “We want to help people create sustainable gardens” says Master Gardener Kathy Clark. “The plants we grow fit our climate. They return year after year, and that’s a good use of resources.”

In the Floral Courtyard, you’ll find vegetables grown from seed without pesticides. Plants include tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, tomatillos, cucumbers and others selected after showing good results in local gardens. Herbs and perennial edibles are also available. This may be the year to grow something new, including vegetable varieties for traditional Latin, Mediterranean, and Asian cuisines.

Proceeds from the sale support educational programs in the county’s schools and communities. Master Gardeners answer hundreds of questions at Farmer’s Markets, local plant clinics, and through the Extension office either online or in person. If you have a particular concern or question, bring it along for special clinic table experts to research the answer. More information about the Benton County Master Gardener Association, or how you can become a member, is available at

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39 Arts Center Plaza / Madison Ave between 7th & 8th Streets, Corvallis Sunday, May 5, 2024 Spring Garden Festival CORVALLIS Garden Sale • Artist Displays • Edible Goods Local Entertainment & Musicians Sponsored by 10 am - 4 pm P u b l i c C l a s s e s & P r i v a t e E v e n t s : O r i g i n a l G o a t Y o g a G o a t H a p p y H o u r E x p e r i e n c e s G o a t s & G l a s s S t a i n e d G l a s s W o r k s h o B o u q u e t B a r / W r e a t h M a k i n g W o r k s h o T h e G . O . A . T . o f E x p e r i e n c e h e a d q u a r t e r s . g o a t y o g a . n e t / i n f o @ g o a t y o g a . n e t 6 D a y s a W e 5470 NE Hwy 20, Corvallis, OR 97330 (541) 753-6601 · A new season gardening is here. Shop 5 acres of: Perennials, Annuals, Natives, Trees & Shrubs, Organic Vegetables & Herbs, Fruit Trees & Berries, Succulents, Houseplants, Bonsai, Garden Supplies, Gifts & Garden Art, plus a whole lot MORE!

Going Green(er) in 2024

A guide to a more sustainable lifestyle

AS WE STEP FURTHER INTO THE 21ST CENTURY, THE URGENCY OF ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY APPARENT. With climate change threatening ecosystems worldwide, it's imperative that we adopt green practices in our daily lives. Fortunately, in 2024, there are more options than ever for individuals to make eco-conscious choices. From renewable energy to zero-waste living, here's a comprehensive guide on how you can go green this year.

1. Renewable Energy

Transitioning to renewable energy sources is one of the most impactful ways to reduce your carbon footprint. In 2024, solar and wind power have become more accessible and affordable than ever before. Consider installing solar panels on your home or investing in a community solar project. Many utility companies also offer renewable energy options, allowing you to power your home with clean electricity.

2. Sustainable Transportation

Transportation is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. In 2024, there are numerous eco-friendly alternatives to traditional gasoline-powered vehicles. Electric cars have surged in popularity, offering zero-emission transportation without sacrificing performance. Additionally, public transportation, biking, and walking are all environmentally friendly options for getting around. If you must drive, consider carpooling or using a ride-sharing service to reduce your carbon footprint.

3. Eco-Friendly Diet

The food we consume has a substantial environmental impact, from production to transportation. In 2024, plant-based diets have gained traction as a sustainable alternative to meat-heavy meals. By reducing your meat and dairy consumption and incorporating more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains into your diet, you can

significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Additionally, choosing locally sourced and organic foods can further minimize your environmental impact.

4. Waste Reduction

The concept of zero-waste living has gained momentum in recent years, and in 2024, it's easier than ever to minimize household waste. Start by reducing single-use plastics such as bags, bottles, and packaging. Opt for reusable alternatives like stainless steel water bottles, cloth grocery bags, and beeswax wraps. Composting organic waste is another effective way to divert materials from landfills and create nutrient-rich soil for your garden.

5. Energy Efficiency

Improving the energy efficiency of your home not only reduces your environmental impact but also saves you money on utility bills. In 2024, advancements in technology have made energy-efficient appliances, LED lighting, and smart thermostats more accessible to consumers. Simple actions like sealing drafts, insulating your home, and turning off lights when not in use can also make a significant difference in reducing energy consumption.

6. Sustainable Shopping

Conscious consumerism is key to promoting sustainability in 2024. Before making a purchase, consider the environmental and ethical implications of the product. Look for items that are made from recycled materials, produced using renewable energy, and manufactured under fair labor conditions. Supporting local businesses and buying secondhand goods are also great ways to reduce your environmental footprint.

7. Water Conservation

Water scarcity is a growing concern in many parts of the world, making water conservation a crucial aspect of sustainable living. In 2024, simple changes like fixing leaky

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faucets, installing low-flow showerheads and toilets, and watering your garden during off-peak hours can help conserve water. Additionally, reducing meat consumption can indirectly save water, as livestock production is a major consumer of freshwater resources.

8. Advocacy and Education

In addition to making individual lifestyle changes, advocating for policy reforms and spreading awareness about environmental issues are essential components of going green in 2024. Get involved in local environmental organizations, participate in community clean-up events, and engage with policymakers to push for sustainable initiatives. Educate yourself and others about the importance of conservation and the impact of climate change on our planet's future.

In conclusion, going green in 2024 is not only about making individual choices but also about contributing to a larger movement towards sustainability. By incorporating renewable energy, sustainable transportation, eco-friendly diets, waste reduction strategies, energy efficiency measures, conscious shopping habits, water conservation practices, and advocacy efforts into our daily lives, we can all play a part in protecting the environment for future generations. Together, let's make 2024 the year of green living.

GREEN GARDEN, GREEN LIFE | 41 Corvallis Parks & Recreation and Ashbrook Independent School Presents Celebrate Earth Day! Come celebrate Earth Day! Engage in activities with local organizations in our indoor solutions fair. Then join us in a “Procession of Species” Nature Parade around Chintimini Park. Wear nature-and animal-themed masks and costumes. Parade watchers welcome, too! All Ages! Saturday, April 20, 2–5pm FREE Event! Corvallis Community Center at Chintimini Park | 541-766-6918 Scio Hardware & Mercantile Scio Hardware and Mercantile is your local hardware and general merchandise store with everything you need for your home and garden 38737 N. Main St. Scio, OR 97374 | 503-394-3824 Monday to Saturday 7:30 to 5:30 Get your seeds going now for a bumper crop this summer!

Corvallis Historic Auto Club's 56th Annual Swap Meet and "Dust 'em Off" Car Show

Sunday, April 28th, 2024

Benton County Fairgrounds 110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis

• Spectator Entrance Gate on Reservoir Road

• Show Cars and Swap Vendors Entrance on 53rd

• Spectator Gates OPEN at 7:00AM

• Vendors may set up on Saturday, after 12:00 noon Sunday early vendor entry at 6:00 AM

Gates Open to Public 7:00AM Sunday

General Admission $5.00 cash $6.00 Cards, Venmo

Show Cars $20.00

Cars for Sale $30.00

Swap Spaces $30.00 10x20

Breakfast and Lunch Foods available for purchase:

Coffee, Pies and Pastries in The Arena Kitchen

Coffee and Donuts at Show Car Registration (Auditorium)

Tacos el Machin serving Breakfast and Lunch

Grindz Hawaiian Foods serving Lunch

For more information visit CorvallisHistoricAutoClub.ORG

Our Facebook Page at CorvallisHistoricAutoClub

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Corvallis Historic Auto Club's Cars and Coffee Shepherd of the Valley Church, 2650 NW Highland (at Walnut) in Corvallis
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About Toothpick:

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Dislikes: I'm not a big fan of other dogs, but I'm all you need!

I'm friendly and very spry, and I have cool spots. I love doggie treats, and I'm great at posing for photos! I'd love to get out and play with you. I saw a rabbit once, and it was awesome! They say I have "prey drive" but I'm a Terrier, what did they expect? I bet I'd like to ride in a car with you, but I don't know? We should try it! Adopt me by calling Heartland Humane Society at 541-454-6526 I can't wait to meet you!

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Maintain Canine Social Skills by Supervising For Success


Social interactions often need mediation to help dogs read social cues and body language, teaching them to act within the range of normal social behavior. Impolite play and rude greetings can quickly cause a dog’s sociability to deteriorate. Just like supervising children on the playground, monitoring and facilitating play opportunities creates savvy dog family members that can go anywhere.

Don’t let your dog greet or play if they are lunging, barking or unresponsive to you. If they sit and give you eye contact, use a release cue, “Visit!” or “Go Play!” to grant them access to the other dog.

Polite Dog Play

• play bows, hip checks, paw swatting biting, jumping, mounting < 3 secs frequent rests, sniff breaks

• taking turns wrestling, chasing

• offense/defense role reversals

Impolite Dog Play

• lack of play bows

intense chase of more than 2 dogs biting, jumping, mounting > 3 secs

• lack of rests, sniff breaks

• constant pestering, vocalizing

• lack of role reversals (offense-only play)

Important Tips:

Always monitor for increasing noise, intensity, excitement, or speed and intervene by calling dogs in for a 3-minute obedience break. Your dog may return to play after offering to sit, giving eye contact, and waiting for their release cue. If your dog can’t sit or refocus after play, they’re too excited. Take a potty break or lap around the park, then try again. If you’re unsure if the play is too rough, interrupt anyway. You can’t do any harm by asking for attention around distractions and a few obedience behaviors.


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Calling Corvallis Creatives!

Share Your Talents This Spring

Announcing a unique arts event that will happen in Corvallis this May 18th and 19th between 10:00 and 5:00 both days. It’s the Corvallis At Home Arts Weekend.

This event was inspired by the Philomath Open Studios tour that occurs in October and the South Town Art Walk that’s an annual arts sale the first Sunday of each December.

The Corvallis at Home Arts Weekend is encouraging participation by creative people of all ages and welcomes all forms of visual or performing arts.

The simplicity and flexibility of this event is a plus for artists. With the convenience and safety of a garage sale, and carefree feel of a lemonade stand, all creative people may share their art with neighbors and people throughout the Corvallis community.

Registration will be through Corvallis Parks and Recreation, after their Activity Guide is published in March. The only expense is $20, which will purchase a yard sign, and these will be popping up throughout Corvallis. Later this spring, Corvallis Parks and Recreation will compile a list of participating artists, a schedule of their displays or performances, and a map of the locations, and post these on their website.

So if:

you are an artist, or craftsperson who does not want to lug paintings, ceramics, glass, or metal items, etc., to another location and then pay a commission,

you’re a teenager in a band, a dancer, puppeteer, ventriloquist, or aspiring actor,

the culinary arts are your passion, and you’d like to sell cookies, pies, cupcakes, tamales, sauces, or pickles,

you create art from recycled items, weld garden art, or build bird houses,

you sew, knit, crochet, make furniture for children, design backyard play structures, or water features,

you’re involved with any other artistic pass time, or you simply appreciate creativity and want to celebrate the arts with others throughout the Corvallis area, there will be something for you to enjoy during the At Home Arts Weekend.

Move information will be available through Corvallis Parks and Recreation, or you may email

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New Hope for Those Who Suffer from Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Addiction, and PTSD Coming to Corvallis.

Unstuck is on track to becoming Corvallis’ first licensed Psilocybin Treatment Center. The founders of Unstuck passionately believe in the power of psilocybin to create new pathways in the brain, disrupting the ‘default-mode network’ that has been programed in our brains over time, and get “unstuck”, whether spiritually, emotionally, physically, or mentally. The center hopes to educate the community about psilocybin and how it can be used to completely transform one’s life in profound and permanent ways. With the founders’ own experience working in healthcare, they understand the importance of collaboration from a variety of disciplines to ensure an individual meets their goals. Their approach is to work alongside the wellness community, including physicians, health care professionals, mental health specialists, and other wellness professionals to promote true healing, and to integrate the psilocybin experience into total and lasting mind-body wellness.

Located in in Northwest Corvallis, the center offers a professional and comfortable atmosphere with ADA accessibility. The goal at Unstuck is to provide individualized, compassionate psilocybin services by facilitators highly experienced in person-centered care. The center has created a setting that nurtures the soul by emphasizing comfort and minimizing external sensory stimulation for the most profound and therapeutically beneficial inner-journey. Being women and veteran owned, making services more accessible to those who may have experienced trauma, marginalization, or other disadvantages is a high priority, as well as creating conscious efforts to ensure equitable distribution of services to all.

Unstuck is awaiting final approval from the Oregon Health Authority. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list, or to learn more, visit

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Sunday March 10th from 2 to 5. 21 and over only please.

2211 NW Professional Dr. Corvallis, OR 97330 541-286-6150

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Introducing Morpheus8

The Cutting-Edge Skin Rejuvenation Treatment

In the ever-evolving world of skincare, advancements are constantly being made to address a variety of concerns, from aging to acne scars. Among these breakthroughs, Morpheus8 stands out as a revolutionary treatment that promises remarkable results in skin rejuvenation.

Morpheus8 combines the potency of microneedling with the efficacy of radiofrequency (RF) energy to target multiple layers of the skin, providing unparalleled results. This innovative procedure is gaining popularity for its ability to address various skin issues, including fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, uneven texture, and sagging skin.

At the heart of Morpheus8 lies its unique technology, which utilizes tiny needles to deliver RF energy deep into the dermis. These ultra-fine needles create micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating the body's natural healing response and triggering collagen and elastin production. Meanwhile, the RF energy heats the underlying layers of the skin, promoting further collagen remodeling and tightening.

One of the key benefits of Morpheus8 is its versatility. The treatment can be customized to target specific areas of concern, allowing for precise and tailored results. Whether it's improving skin laxity on the face, neck, or body, Morpheus8 can be adapted to meet individual needs and preferences.

Another advantage of Morpheus8 is its minimal downtime. Unlike more invasive procedures, such as surgery, Morpheus8 requires little to no downtime, making it a convenient option for those with busy lifestyles. Patients can typically resume their normal activities shortly after treatment, with only mild redness and swelling that typically subside within a few days.

Morpheus8 is suitable for all skin types, making it inclusive and accessible to a wide range of individuals seeking skin rejuvenation. Whether you have fair or dark skin, Morpheus8 can deliver impressive results with minimal risk of pigmentation issues or other complications.

Overall, Morpheus8 represents a significant advancement in the field of skincare, offering a safe, effective, and versatile solution for addressing various skin concerns. With its ability to stimulate collagen production, improve skin texture, and tighten laxity, Morpheus8 has quickly become a go-to treatment for those seeking youthful, radiant skin.

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Flower Farms


But unlike many growing areas, this region has several, large farms where bulbs, tubers, and rhizomes flourish, providing amazing displays of flowers. We have organized a calendar of Spring/Summer events when growers open their fields and test gardens to visitors. Grab your camera…it is a great time to stop and smell the flowers.


Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

Tulip Fest 2024: March 22 - May 5 2024 is the 40-year anniversary of the Wooden Shoe Bulb Company. Three generations of the Iverson family have cultivated tulip bulbs east of Woodburn. Bulb orders are taken in the spring for delivery in time for fall planting, but fresh-cut tulip bunches are for sale during Tulip Fest. The six weeks of events include a photo contest, fun runs, and hot-air balloon rides. Annual attendance is around 150,000 and tickets must be purchased in advance on-line. Check their website for “Bloom Status” and the food vendor schedule before packing up the family for a color-filled day.

33814 S Meridian Rd, Woodburn

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Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens

Lilacs Days 2024: April 20 – May 12 (Mother’s Day)

The lilac gardens are in southwestern Washington State and, on the list of National Historic Places, are worth a visit. Hulda Klager’s family home was built on the property in the 1880’s and she began hybridizing lilacs there in 1905. The site, which includes Hulda’s original planting area as well as newer ones, is now operated by the non-profit Hulda Klager Lilac Society. During Lilac Days, the Society has potted lilacs for sale, the house is open for tours, and 12,000 visitors are expected. The gate fee is $10 per person.

115 South Pekin Road, Woodland, WA


Adelman Peony Gardens

Peony Paradise 2024: May 1 - June 15

Open to the public since 1995, Adelman Peony Gardens has 30 acres and over 200 varieties of peonies planted, with about 20 new varieties introduced every year. Three generations of Adelmans work on the farm. There is a two-acre display garden and a cut-flower display for shoppers to view the flowers up close. Peonies are for sale in pots to take home as well as by mail-order catalog and online. The fields are walkable and beautiful to photograph. Admission is free.

5690 Brooklake Rd NE, Salem



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Schreiner’s Iris Gardens

Bloom Season Event 2024: May 10 –May 31

Schreiner’s Iris Gardens is visible from Interstate 5, just north of Keizer, with 130 acres planted in 800-900 varieties of bearded iris. Four generations of Schreiners have been breeding iris since 1925, originally in Minnesota and in Oregon since 1947. They have a 50-year-old display garden beautifully planted with all of the bearded iris varieties, helpfully labeled by name. The garden is surrounded by benches under the shade of mature, flowering trees offering visitors a place to relax and enjoy this one-of-a-kind place. Orders are taken in-person during the Bloom Season event or online yearround and the rhizomes ship in the summer. Cut stems are for sale at the event. The farm also sells Daylilies, Lupine seeds, alliums, and Amaryllis online. Admission to the gardens is $6 and tickets are available online or in person.

3625 Quinaby Rd NE, Salem


David Hill Farms

NW Lily Festival 2024: Three weekends starting July 21.

Nestled in the foothills on the east side of the Oregon Coast Range, David Hill Farms grows lilies from a heavenly, hill-top location. The family-run farm took over the lily operations three years ago and this summer will be the 14th annual Lily Festival showcasing over 75 varieties of Asian, Tiger, Oriental, and other lilies. Orders taken during the summer are available for pick-up in March. Hanging baskets, bird houses, and potted lilies are for sale during the event. Wine-tasting is hosted by David Hill Winery. Admission is free. The family also runs a U-cut Christmas tree farm from the property during the winter holidays.

45627 NW David Hill Road, Forest Grove


Swan Island Dahlias

Annual Dahlias Festival 2024: August 1 – September 30

Swan Island is the largest grower of dahlias in the United States. In business since 1927, the farm in Canby opened in 1953 and was sold to the current owners 10 years later. Now almost 40 acres, Swan Island grows 375 varieties of dahlias. The Portland Dahlia Society operates a trial garden at the farm showcasing new varieties. Tubers ship in the spring for orders taken in summer but freshly cut bouquets are for sale during the festival. There are food vendors on site and live music on the weekends. Check their website for the festival schedule and for online orders. Admission is free.

995 NW 22nd Ave, Canby

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Our annual A-list of some of the people who keep our area moving forward. They embody the spirit of the Willamette Valley with their hard work and creativity.


Your Conspirators-In-Play, Mark van der Pol and Adrienne Fritze

Conundrum House

460 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis, OR 97333 www.Conundrum.House

Imagine attending a whimsical tea-party, in an atmosphere of 1890’s London with evocative costumes and settings - how would you dress to an elegant 1890’s afternoon tea soiree? There’s no particular rules or requirements - possibly just don a fancy hat, wear a flamboyant tie, or go all out assembling your own fabulous sartorial creation - all perfect for playing with us! Or imagine joining a Reading of the Will as one of 12 suspects in the tragic death of the Great Sage in our sister town, Monkshood, Oregon - all totally made upclearly we are playing out loud!

To play as kids play - uninhibited, unconstrained, unconcerned and unleashedwe remember how that was, or if we have children, how it still is for them. Play is vital in our cognitive development, exploring and understanding the world around us - discovering boundaries and the limits of our abilities - where learning and development occurs. That capacity does not end when we outgrow child-like play and assume the mantle of responsible adults. But it is hard in our society to play - to continue challenging our brains and ourselves to push and expand our boundaries and abilities. What masquerades as play for adults is often nothing more than being entertained, or consuming entertainment, or watching a few ‘play’football, golf, etc. But it’s not as kids play.

At Conundrum House, we bring a little play to your everyday - play in the sense that kids play - discovering new things, new interactions to try, imagining other ways of being, speaking, or acting. Sometimes, it looks like an alluring tabletop-boardgame, sometimes a puzzle with a story to solve, or a clue-hunt in a mystery-mansion. Those are just a start, hooking your brain into stretching further with fantastical excursions of imagination, fantasy, play-acting or creating. We want you all to come play with us! It will be a blast, and your mind will boggle at its ability to still unleash play like you used to!

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CASA-Voices for Children

Serving Benton and Lincoln Counties



We often refer to children who have suffered from abuse and neglect as “the invisible child”; we can’t show you their faces, we can’t tell you their names and they don’t wear a badge that says “I’ve been abused”. What we can share with you is that by the time a child enters care, they have already suffered significant abuse and require services for mental health, behaviors, academics, social skills and so much more. That’s where CASA comes in. With a dedicated Advocate, these children will have an adult by their side to speak up for their best interests in the courtroom and community, and to help them find the road home, wherever it lies.

Our highly trained volunteer advocates ensure that their child receives the services they need to heal from the trauma they have endured. CASAs also collaborate with educators to facilitate the academic support the child needs to succeed. They work to limit the time the child spends in foster care and the number of times the child has to change placements. Most impactful of all, CASAs are there to make sure that the child has the best chance at having a loving, nurturing forever home and family.

Research has shown that the presence of even one stable, caring adult in a child’s life can help them develop resilience and counteract the negative impacts of abuse and neglect. As a CASA volunteer, you can be that supportive adult for a child in need.

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We want to help you raise a well-adjusted canine family member, so you can enjoy all the great things our special place in the Pacific Northwest has to offer. Wonder Dogs prides itself on always using the latest research regarding canine development and behavior modification to develop the most up-to-date modern training techniques. This makes our classroom successful, informative and fun! Flexible scheduling offered in a wide variety of group classes and private instruction will help you reach your goals faster and more efficiently. We train in-home, on-location and at our 12,000 square-foot dedicated training facility, the largest in Willamette Valley!

Our training program is based on the humane and scientifically-proven positive reinforcement method because we know good teamwork motivates your dog to WANT to listen to you, which is your best defense against distractions and challenging environments. Want to make your dog a Wonder Dog?

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Tracee Dahlke, MSN, APRN, FNP-C was born and raised in the Willamette Valley. Tracee had a passion for dance and received a full-ride dance scholarship to Hawaii Pacific University at the age of 18 years. She graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelor’s degree in textiles. After working in the field for a few years Tracee realized her passion was in helping others. Tracee enrolled back in school to become a nurse. She started from the ground up by first becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN), then a registered nurse (RN), and now a family nurse practitioner (FNP-C).

Tracee has now been in the medical field since 2011 with a history of working in Urgent Care, Labor & Delivery, OBGYN, and Family Practice.

In 2019 she was able to combine her passion for style and beauty with the world of nursing by getting trained at Pacific Northwest Aesthetics Academy (PNAA) to perform neurotoxin and dermal filler injections. “I love helping patients feel more beautiful in their skin! I pride myself in providing natural appearance enhancement to highlight each patient’s unique and beautiful face!”

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Fix -N-Scape is your go-to for professional home repair and maintenence. Zebidiah Ross will work out most any home repair issues you may have, and he can even set up a regular schedule to keep what is most likely your most important investment in top shape, your home. He'll even provide you with sound advice and likely steps to remedy your home repair needs for items that are outside the scope of his business, like major electrical issues or steep roof repairs.

Fix-N-Scape can provide a plethora of home improvements at reasonable prices and you'll be kept appraised of progress every step of the way.

For honest, thorough, trustworthy work, Zebidiah should be your first call when an issue arises.

Visit the website to learn more about Fix-NScape and the services available. Based in Albany, Fix-N-Scape serves the Mid-Willamette Valley.



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Tracee Dahlke, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Zebidiah Ross, Owner/Operator

We have had the great opportunity to serve a myriad of clients. From legal to accounting, tax to operations management, serving a wide array for individual tax returns and business tax returns, our firm has been able to assist clients in states across the country. We’re fortunate to have a collection of highly skilled and complimentary team members and we look forward to the future.

Witt Consulting can provide full service back office to your company. We serve individuals and businesses with tax preparation, accounting, and legal issues that may arise.

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Located at 124 Broadalbin St. SW, The Natty Dresser is the largest independent menswear shop in Oregon. Established in 2014, our oldschool haberdashery has an ever-changing assortment of men's clothing from casual to business attire; from hats to shoes, and everything in between. Services include a Shoe Shine Stand, Tuxedo and Suit Rentals, Custom Suits and Custom Shirts as well as, Alterations for men or women whether you purchased here or not.

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Green Gold: Costly Vegetables You Can Cultivate in Your Western Oregon Garden


Let's explore the lush possibilities of cultivating your own green gold in this verdant region.

Exquisite Heirloom Tomatoes

Supermarket heirloom tomatoes, celebrated for their rich flavors and unique varieties, often come with a hefty price tag. Yet, in Western Oregon's mild climate, these delectable gems can flourish in your backyard. Planting a few heirloom tomato varieties, such as Brandywine or Black Krim, yields a bountiful harvest and a burst of culinary creativity.

Organic Baby Greens

Organic baby greens, a staple in many kitchens, are not only a nutritious choice but also quite costly when purchased regularly. Create your own salad garden by sowing arugula, spinach, and mixed greens. These fast-growing veggies thrive in the Oregon climate and provide you with a steady supply of fresh, organic greens.

Gourmet Mushrooms

Exotic mushrooms like shiitake or oyster mushrooms can be quite pricey in stores. However, with a little patience and the right conditions, you can cultivate your own fun-

gi at home. Many local gardening stores offer mushroom kits, making it an enjoyable and rewarding project for adventurous gardeners.

Flavorful Bell Peppers

Colorful bell peppers, a versatile addition to numerous dishes, are often on the expensive side. By planting pepper varieties suitable for Western Oregon's climate, such as King of the North or Early Sunsation, you can enjoy a vibrant harvest of fresh, sweet peppers.

Artisanal Herbs

Herbs like basil, rosemary, and thyme are indispensable in the kitchen but can be pricey when bought frequently. Growing a selection of herbs in your garden not only saves money but also enhances your culinary creations with the freshest flavors.

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Exquisite Microgreens

Microgreens, known for their intense flavor and beautiful presentation, are a popular garnish in fine dining. These delicate greens are surprisingly easy to cultivate in small spaces, making them an excellent addition to your garden or even a windowsill planter.

Nutrient-Rich Kale

Kale has gained popularity as a superfood, and storebought organic kale can be costly. In Western Oregon, kale is a robust, cold-hardy plant that thrives year-round, providing a continuous source of nutrient-rich leaves.

Plump Blueberries

Store-bought blueberries can be expensive, but Western Oregon's climate is ideal for cultivating these antioxidant-rich berries. Blueberry bushes are relatively low-maintenance and can yield a substantial harvest, allowing you to enjoy fresh or frozen blueberries throughout the year.

By cultivating these expensive vegetables in your Western Oregon garden, you not only save money but also gain a deeper connection with your food. The satisfaction of harvesting your own produce and the knowledge that you're contributing to a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle make these gardening ventures a rewarding endeavor for any green-thumbed enthusiast. So, roll up your sleeves, embrace your lush surroundings, and start growing your own green gold.

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What Do We Do With All These Veggies?

Part One: Zucchini

Some vegetables really get going here in the valley. So much so, that it's often hard to figure out what to do with them!


That's one of those things that's funny because it's kind of true. Everywhere you go, someone manages to bring up "say, would you like a couple of zucchinis? Or you stumble (literally) across one in your garden that grew, under the radar, until it was the size of a kayak. Everyoneone has them, they're rolling down the streets! If you're having trouble dreaming up things to do with your embarrasment of zucchini riches, read on...

Zucchini Fritters


2 medium-sized zucchinis, grated 1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, beaten

1/4 cup all-purpose flour or almond flour for a gluten-free option

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil for frying


Place the grated zucchini in a colander and sprinkle with salt. Let it sit for

10-15 minutes, then squeeze out excess moisture using a clean kitchen towel or paper towels.

In a mixing bowl, combine the grated zucchini, beaten eggs, flour, Parmesan cheese, minced garlic, and black pepper. Mix until well combined.

Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.

Spoon the zucchini mixture into the skillet, forming small patties.

Note: Be sure to harvest before they are actually the size of a boat!

Cook the fritters for 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and crispy.

Remove from the skillet and place on a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

Serve the zucchini fritters hot, optionally with a dollop of Greek yogurt or sour cream on top.

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats:


4 medium-sized zucchinis

1/2 lb ground beef or turkey

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 bell pepper, diced

1 cup cooked quinoa or rice

1 cup marinara sauce

1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil for cooking


Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).

Cut the zucchinis in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds to create boats.

In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and bell pep-



per. Cook until softened.

Add ground beef or turkey to the skillet and cook until browned. Season with salt and pepper.

Stir in cooked quinoa or rice and marinara sauce. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.

Place the zucchini boats on a baking dish and fill them with the meat mixture.

Top each boat with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the zucchinis are tender and the cheese is melted and bubbly.


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Creamy Mushroom Soup


4 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon light olive oil

2 onions diced

4 cloves garlic minced

1 1/2 pounds crimini mushrooms sliced

2 teaspoons chopped thyme

1/2 cup Vermouth

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 cups chicken stock

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

1 cup heavy cream

Chopped fresh parsley for garnish


Heat butter and oil in a large pot over medium-high heat until melted. Sauté onion

for 2 to 5 minutes until softened. Add garlic continue cooking about 1 minute. Add mushrooms and 1 teaspoon thyme, cook for 5 minutes. Pour in vermouth and allow to cook for another 5 minutes.

Sprinkle mushrooms with flour, mix well and cook for 2 minutes. Add chicken stock, mix again and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low-medium heat, season with salt, pepper. Reduce heat to low, stir in cream.

Allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes, while occasionally stirring, until thickened. Adjust salt and pepper to your taste. Mix in parsley and remaining thyme. Serve warm.

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Mushrooms Berkeley

• 1 lb. fresh crimini mushrooms

1 onion, chopped

• ½ cup butter

• 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard

• 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

• ½ cup brown sugar

¾ cup red table wine

• Salt & pepper to taste

Wash mushrooms and cut in half. Sauté onion and mushrooms in butter until onion is translucent. Mix together the mustard, Worcestershire and brown sugar, until a smooth paste forms. Add wine and season with salt & pepper; stir well. Add sauce to mushroom mixture and sauté 2-3 minutes longer. Reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes or until the sauce is reduced and thickened.

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What Do We Do With All These Veggies?

Part Two: Basil

Fun Trivia Fact: In my twenties, I rented a house in Sonoma, CA that had a huge greenhouse just standing empty. I decided I could make a small fortune by growing basil and selling it to our local grocers. Having failed to make arrangements early, I walked into a number of grocers who had just bought basil, from someone else. Then, undeterred, I decided to sell individually wrapped basil on Union Street in San Francisco -- people looked at me like I was selling Anthrax. I guess not too many people sell designer herbs on the street in S.F. So, our last resort was pesto. We had delicious pesto in the freezer for at least two years!

Classic Basil Pesto:


2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/3 cup pine nuts or walnuts

3 cloves garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste


In a food processor, combine the basil leaves, Parmesan cheese, pine nuts or walnuts, and garlic. Pulse until coarsely chopped.

With the food processor running, slowly pour in the olive oil until the pesto reaches your desired consistency. You may need to scrape down the sides of the processor with a spatula.

Season the pesto with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the pesto to a jar or airtight container and store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. You can also freeze it in ice cube trays for longer storage.

Caprese Salad:


2 large tomatoes, sliced

1 ball fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced

1/4 cup fresh basil leaves

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic glaze

Salt and pepper to taste


Arrange the tomato and mozzarella slices on a serving platter, alternating them.

Tuck fresh basil leaves in between the tomato and mozzarella slices.

Drizzle extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic glaze over the salad.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve immediately as a refreshing appetizer or side dish.

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Basil Lemonade:


1 cup fresh basil leaves, packed

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4-6 lemons)

4 cups cold water

Ice cubes

Lemon slices and fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)


In a small saucepan, combine the basil leaves, sugar, and 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved.

Remove the saucepan from heat and let the basil syrup cool to room temperature.

Strain the basil syrup through a fine-mesh sieve into a large pitcher.

Add fresh lemon juice and 4 cups of cold water to the pitcher. Stir well to combine.

Chill the basil lemonade in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

To serve, fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the basil lemonade over the ice. Enjoy this refreshing twist on classic lemonade!

Diamond Clear is a 190 proof organic alcohol. Ask for Diamond Clear at your local liquor store, or pick some up at the Fireside tasting room in Eugene.

Make your own herbal tinctures!

Such as Turmeric, Echinacea, Chamomile, White Pine, Basil or even Cannabis. The pure, organic alcohol in Diamond Clear extracts the beneficial compounds from the herbs of your choice. Just soak for a month and you’re done! Recipes abound online.

No soap and water handy? Make your own hand sanitizer! Easy recipe: 1 1/4 cup Diamond Clear, 1/4 cup Aloe Vera Gel, 20 drops vitamin e oil, 20 drops tea tree or lavender essential oil. Blend it all up in the blender, store in a plastic squeeze bottle. That’s it!

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What to do with all those veggies, Part Three:




8-10 ripe homegrown tomatoes, diced

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 small onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional, for a bit of heat)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon tomato paste (optional, for extra richness)


Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.

Add the minced garlic and chopped onion to the saucepan. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the diced tomatoes to the saucepan along with the

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dried oregano, dried basil, red pepper flakes (if using), salt, and pepper. Stir to combine.

Let the sauce simmer uncovered over low to medium heat for about 30-40 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes have softened and the sauce has thickened.

If you prefer a smoother sauce, you can use an immersion blender to puree the sauce until it reaches your desired consistency.

Taste the sauce and adjust the seasoning as needed. If you prefer a richer flavor, stir in the tomato paste.

Once the sauce is ready, remove it from the heat and let it cool slightly.

Serve the marinara sauce over cooked pasta of your choice, garnished with fresh parmesean cheese.

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Real Estate Update

A Balcony Garden


Creating a balcony garden can bring life to your terrace and give you some healthy options to add into your cooking. By plotting out the space, researching which plants will thrive on your balcony, and gathering the right materials, you’ll set yourself up for gardening success.

How to Create a Balcony Garden

First, consider your space. The amount of sunlight your balcony gets will determine what you’re able to grow and how quickly your garden will grow. Crops like tomatoes and strawberries need lots of sun to grow up healthy, while others like peas and herbs can still thrive in less sunlight. If your balcony is sunlightdeprived, you may need to invest in a grow light to give your plants the light they need.

How to Plant an Herb Garden

What are your goals for your balcony garden? Are you looking to build out your collection of natural herbs or do you want to turn your terrace into your

own personal exotic oasis? Whether your motives are culinary or aesthetic, planning out your garden will help you maximize space. Hanging and stack planters allow you to create a vertical garden, which helps save space. Climbing plants like honeysuckle, ivy, ferns, and different varieties of vines are perfectly suited for this kind of garden design. Before hanging any planting pots, hooks, trellises, shelves, or any kind of gardening equipment, check your governing Homeowners Association (HOA) policies to make sure your plans are within the rules.

Keep Your Plants Healthy

With any garden, your main concern is keeping your plants healthy. This means giving them plenty of water, treating your soil with care, and keeping up with seasonal demands depending on your local climate. If you’re looking to save money on your balcony gardening project, don’t focus your frugal efforts on soil. Soil is the lifeblood of your garden, so it’s important to give it a fresh, nutrientrich mixture. Once you’ve selected your plants, research their needs to see which potting mix you need to pick up at your local gardening or hardware store. Depending on the chemical makeup of the potting soil, you may not need to

fertilize your plants right away. With a balcony garden, it’s also important to keep your neighbors happy. Put saucers underneath your pots to prevent excess water from dripping onto the neighbors beneath you. This will also cut down on wasted water, one of the main principles of sustainable gardening. Self-watering pots are helpful, especially if you’re not always around to water your plants. They prevent overwatering by metering the amount of water your plants receive, only feeding them when necessary.

You also need to consider how much weight you’re adding to your balcony. Yes, terra cotta pots have that quintessential Tuscan gardening look, but a dozen ceramic pots filled with water-soaked plants might bear more weight on your terrace than it’s prepared for. Look at more lightweight potting alternatives and different soil mixtures than can lighten the load on your balcony.

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Consider childcare expenses.

According to Child Care Aware of America, the average annual price of childcare for 2022 was $10,853. This figure represents roughly 10% of the average married couple’s yearly income -- and it jumps to 33% 1 for single parents. Whether you choose daycare, a nanny, an au pair, a babysitter – or if you plan to scale back on your paid work time in order to care for your child – it’s probably safe to assume that childcare will quickly become a major living expense.

Think about lifestyle costs.

Between diapers, formula, clothes and other necessities, babies are expensive – and they remain so as they grow older. Extracurriculars for toddlers to teens (think sports, music, performing arts) often come with a price tag. Add on the fact that many growing families decide to buy bigger houses and new cars, and it’s

easy to see how lifestyle costs can creep up on parents.

Prepare for college tuition.

The cost of college continues to rise at a pace faster than inflation, meaning the sooner you can start saving for your child’s higher education, the better.

Setting aside even a modest amount of money each month can make a big impact over the long term. Choose a savings vehicle that is right for your financial situation, risk tolerance and goal amount. One of the most popular options is a 529 plan, which is specifically designed to help families save for education expenses.

Reassess your financial position.

With a baby on the way, it’s critical to keep in mind that unexpected events can affect your finances at any time. Resolve to build or maintain an emergency fund that could cover three to six months of expenses, in addition to prioritizing your retirement savings. After your baby arrives, update your estate plan and insurance coverage (e.g., medical, life, disability policies) as necessary.

Teach good financial habits.

Kids learn about money first and foremost from their parents, which means you can help them become financially literate. At a young age, you can teach them

about the difference between “needs” and “wants.” As they grow older, you can educate them on budgeting and saving, the benefits of delayed gratification, and how to build lifelong healthy habits around money.

Plan for your family bucket list. Many parents dream of showing their children new places and allowing them to have a variety of experiences. Think about what activities matter to you and incorporate them into your financial plan. Taking an annual vacation, owning a vacation home, buying season tickets to your favorite team, or purchasing a boat are common goals for many families.

Expanding your family often has a way of putting your priorities into perspective. If you would like an objective opinion on how to best plan for your goals, talk with a financial advisor in your area.

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Lower Impact Fabrics

Be Environmentally Conscious, and Look Good Doing It!


Organic Cotton

Cotton is one of the most worn fabrics in the world. Cotton is light and breathable, which makes it a wardrobe staple. But It requires a lot of water and pesticides. Organic cotton however is a lower-impact alternative to conventional cotton and has been booming in recent years.

Organic Hemp

The hemp plant is grown everywhere, it requires very little water, no pesticides, and it fertilizes the soil it is grown in, making it much better than most other crops. One of the oldest fibers in the world, hemp gets softer the more you wash it, making it a great option for pieces that will stay in your wardrobe rotation for years to come.

Organic Linen

Linen is another plant humans have been growing for centuries. Like hemp, it’s derived from a very versatile crop: the flax plant. Linen requires minimal water and pesticides, and even grows in poor-quality

soil. Plus, every part of the plant is used, so nothing is wasted.


Tencel is a man-made cellulosic fiber created by dissolving wood pulp. Tencel has been growing in popularity and is said to be 50% more absorbent than cotton and requires less energy and water to produce.


Wool has long been accepted as an environmentally positive fiber choice with several benefits, such as being 100% natural, renewable, biodegradable, and recyclable. Not to mention that it is thermo-regulating, anti-microbial, easy to care for, and wears well for years and years.


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In The Garden

Let's Go Green


One way to reduce climate change is by reducing the use of single-use plastic. To that end, Garland Nursery is partnering with Peoria Gardens, a Corvallis bedding plant, vegetable, and perennial plant wholesale nursery to trial the sale of potless starts and plants grown in Earthpots. Peoria Gardens is committed to sustainability. We hope this trial is a success. If you, the consumer, buy the product and it works for the retailer and grower, then the program can expand.

For this year, here’s how the trial will work. Around March 5th Garland Nursery will start selling tomatoes, grown without pots as well as some grown in Earthpots. Earthpots are soil media in a cellulose

wrap. At the end of March, alyssum will be available. In April one variety of Profusion zinnias will arrive. Mid-June, Bonanza Mix marigolds will be available.

There are benefits to plants grown without pots. More oxygen to the roots lets them establish faster, the roots should stay contained within their soil block, plants establish more quickly and there is less transplant shock. Transplanting and cleanup are faster because you won’t have to deal with the plastic pots.

If you start a lot of seeds in a greenhouse, you can do soil blocking at home. You will need to invest in a soil blocker. They are available locally. You take a seed starting blend (or mix your own) and use the tool to form a tight cube. Place the blocks in a tray and plant the seed in the cube. My husband and I did this last year and it worked well. Also, Garlands carries heavy duty Sun Pak trays and 2 inch pots that

are reuseable and dishwasher safe, so they will last for several seasons.

Another thing that Garland Nursery is doing to reduce plastic waste is a Pot Exchange. There is an area at the south end of our parking lot where you can Take a Pot, Leave a Pot. When brought into us, the pots should be clean. When you take them home, you should sanitize them with a bleach or vinegar and water solution to prevent the spread of disease. There are guidelines posted and we ask that you adhere to them so that we can continue to offer this service.

We’re all in this together to make the world a better place. Sustainable gardening is a good start.


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Looking Good

Surprising Things People Say


Some of their comments are even funny. In this issue, since we all need a few laughs, I decided to share some of these comments and hopefully you’ll find some of them funny too.

“My adult daughter was adamant that I not get permanent makeup on my eyebrows. I did it anyway without telling her. After 3 days of her not saying anything, I asked her if she noticed I’d gotten my eyebrows done. She was surprised. She thought I had just learned how to draw them on properly.”

“Cheryl, I’m so happy with my eyebrows. Even though my husband knew I was having them done, a day later he asked “when are you having your eyebrows

done?” I told them I had them done the day before. He was amazed because they looked so natural. Ha ha ha. We had a good laugh out of that!”

“You were right Cheryl. I thought everyone would notice the darker brows, but all anyone said was…you look fresher, or thought I got my hair redone. So glad I did this!”

“People said I didn’t look tired anymore.”

“My husband has not even noticed yet!”

“My husband was thinking I was crazy to have Permanent Makeup done. Then about 6 months later he realized when we were getting ready to go somewhere I wasn’t taking as long and then he got it! Now when I tell him I’m going to get a color boost, he says yes…go, go!”

“I didn’t tell my friends. Then we went to lunch and they all thought I had done something different with my hair style

or color. And then I told them. They were amazed how natural it looked! They asked for your phone number.”

“When I told my husband I was getting permanent brows, his response was “great - so you want to look like a clown” and I don’t think he was too thrilled about it. After you did my brows, all he said was “they are too dark” and believe me he would have said I look like a clown if I did!! I love them and they are not too dark. They look great!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these comments and had a few laughs.


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• LOOKING GOOD Cheryl Lohman CPCP, is a Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and owns Oregon Permanent Makeup in Corvallis Contact Cheryl: 541-740-1639


Heal Your Roots in the Garden


It’s nice knowing that as I cultivate the roots in my garden, I am also helping to balance and heal my own energetic roots. All matter, including our body, is made of energy. And within our bodies, we have 7 main energy centers called Chakras, that receive, assimilate, and express life force energy. When they are balanced, they spin like wheels all working together to bring us vitality.

From the top down, we have the Crown Chakra (our connection to everything), the Third Eye Chakra (our intuition), the Throat Chakra (how we communicate), the Heart Chakra (how we give and receive love), the Solar Plexus Chakra (our self-confidence and power), the Sacral Chakra (our sexuality and creativity), and last but not least, the Root Chakra, (our safety, security, survival).

Each of these chakras begin to develop from birth, and the Root Chakra is our energetic foundation and our connection

to our physical body. Our root chakra is the stabilizing energy that anchors us to the Earth. Any type of unsafe or negative environment, chaos in the house, childhood diseases, and radical changes like loss or moving a lot as a kid, can set us up for root chakra imbalances later in life.

When our Root is in balance, we feel stable, secure, trusting, and have healthy boundaries. When it is off balance, we may have anxiety, depression, feel unsafe, have money worries, etc. Physically, an imbalanced root chakra manifest as lower back pain, leg or foot pain, immune disorders, chronic fatigue and more. Grounding yourself and connecting to the Earth is an excellent way to cultivate and balance the Root chakra. Mother nature vibrates on her own energetic frequency, and any time we spend tending to the Earth, it helps us to ground and maintain our own balance.

Working in the garden naturally requires a great deal of presence and it is easy to be in the moment. As we use our body to care for and cultivate the earth, we are becoming one with it. We are a part of this Earth and nature, and if we allow ourselves the opportunity to be present with it, we are healing and strengthening our own roots.

When our energetic roots are stable, we can’t be so easily knocked off balance when life throws us a curve ball. As our basic needs feel met, so we may feel safe to explore our desires and feel the vitality of all our chakras working together. You don’t have to be a gardener to tend to your root chakra. Caring for your physical body and your home environment are a great way to reinforce your roots. Daily physical activity, being barefoot, and hiking and walking outdoors are all helpful. Yoga and meditation, eating root vegetables, tending to houseplants and spending time with animals and nature help balance our root chakra.

Reiki energy healing, inner child work, and positive affirmations are all great tools for healing our energy body.Email me for more information about energy healing and mention this article for $10 off a Reiki healing session.

Wishing you an abundant garden and life.

GREEN GARDEN, GREEN LIFE | 73 Kris Denning is a Yoga and Pilates teacher, Reiki Master, and Holistic Nutritionist. Contact Kris at:
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Eat the Rainbow • FITNESS


More specifically, colorful fruits and vegetables. Eating fruits and vegetables is about more than just ticking off a box on the “to-do” list. They play a huge part in improving overall health, including disease prevention and weight management, because of their nutrient density and their ability to add volume to our meals without piling on calories. The concept of "eating the rainbow" is also visually appealing and rooted in sound nutritional science.

Each color in the vegetable spectrum brings its unique set of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytonutrients. These components work together to fight disease, support metabolism, enhance satiety, and reduce cravings. All of which help us stay stronger for longer.

Greens: Leafy greens like spinach and kale contain iron and calcium, which support metabolic functions, and they are high in fiber and low in calories, helping you feel full longer. Broccoli and Brussels sprouts are rich in isothiocyanates, which have powerful anticarcinogenic properties!

Reds and Oranges: Tomatoes and carrots are rich in antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene, which help fight inflammation and oxidative stress that can break our bodies down over time.

Purples and Blues: Foods such as blueberries, grapes, and beets boast high levels of anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that have been linked to increased fat-burning and decreased sugar absorption.

Whites: Cauliflower, garlic, and onions are packed with fibers and compounds like allicin that can help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol.

Knowing what these foods can do for your body is wonderful. But it’s not enough. We need to eat them to enjoy the benefits! Here are some easy ways to incorporate the rainbow into your routine.

Blend into Breakfast: Start your day with a fruit and vegetable-packed protein shake. Simply blend frozen berries and spinach with your protein powder (try almond milk as a base). Or add chopped spinach to your morning eggs.

Snack on Vegetables: Keep sliced vegetables like bell peppers, cucumbers, and carrots handy for snacking. They're

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crunchy, hydrating, and low in calories, perfect for a mid-day snack.

Mix Up Your Salads: Salads are an excellent vehicle for incorporating a variety of vegetables. Don't just stick to lettuce; add shredded cabbage, diced beets, and carrot ribbons to ensure a colorful and nutrient-dense meal. And every grocery store sells ready-to-go salads for an even more convenient option. Just go easy on the dressing.

Roast for Depth of Flavor: Roasting vegetables like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and asparagus is easy to do and enhances their flavor while preserving their fiber content.

Drew Skaggs: (541) 243-8948

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Drew Skaggs is the owner and Head Coach of The SHOP in downtown Corvallis. We deliver personalized strength and fitness in a group setting.
The beauty of eating the rainbow lies not only in the visual appeal but in the profound impact it has on our health. This approach makes healthy eating more about abundance than restriction, thus offering a sustainable and enjoyable path to optimal health.

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Portland International Raceway


24 June 2023

Eco-Friendly Excitement: Formula E Returns to Portland International Raceway

Get ready to experience the future of motorsport like never before as the Formula E racecar series charges into Portland International Raceway this summer. With its innovative approach to racing and commitment to sustainability, Formula E promises an electrifying spectacle that will captivate fans of all ages.

Formula E, often dubbed the "electric street racing series," has been making waves in the world of motorsport since its inception. Featuring sleek and futuristic electric racecars, this series combines high-speed action with a focus on environmental consciousness, proving that adrenaline-pumping racing can go hand in hand with sustainability.

This summer, the Formula E series will make its much-anticipated stop at Portland International Raceway, situated in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. Nestled amidst the stunning scenery of Portland, Oregon,

this iconic raceway is the perfect setting for an event that celebrates innovation, speed, and eco-friendliness.

The dates for the Formula E event at Portland International Raceway have been confirmed for Saturday, June 29th and Sunday, June 30th, 2024, marking a thrilling weekend of racing excitement for fans in the region. Spectators can look forward to witnessing some of the world's top drivers go head-to-head on the challenging circuit, navigating tight corners and straightaways with precision and skill.

But Formula E isn't just about fast cars and fierce competition; it's also about pushing the boundaries of technology and promoting sustainability in racing. With its fully-electric racecars powered by cutting-edge battery technology, Formula E is leading the charge towards a greener future on the track. By showcasing the performance capabilities of electric vehicles, the series aims to inspire innovation and accelerate the adoption of clean energy solutions in

the automotive industry.

In addition to the on-track action, the Formula E event at Portland International Raceway will feature a range of activities for fans to enjoy. From interactive exhibits highlighting the latest advancements in electric vehicle technology to family-friendly entertainment zones, there will be something for everyone to experience off the track. Plus, with food vendors offering a variety of delicious fare and merchandise stalls selling racing memorabilia, attendees are sure to have an unforgettable weekend at the races.

So mark your calendars and prepare to be electrified as Formula E rolls into Portland International Raceway this summer. With its blend of speed, innovation, and sustainability, this event promises to be a thrilling celebration of the future of motorsport. Don't miss your chance to witness history in the making and join us for a weekend of eco-friendly excitement on the track.

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Sacha Fenestraz, Nissan Formula E Team, Nissan e-4ORCE 04 in the pit lane Photo Simon Galloway Venue

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Homegrown Oregon Foods

Life is busy and eating healthy can be challenging. Homegrown Oregon Foods is an oasis in a sea of fast food. Our food is made with healthy, fresh ingredients at an affordable price, and always 100% gluten free.

Dine in, Pick up, or Delivery See the website for details.

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Albany’s new sushi sensa�on. Kaiyo Sushi is the place for a quick lunch mee�ng, date night, or family night out.

Watch as expertly prepared sushi floats past your seat on our conveyor, and pick your favorites.

Sashimi, sushi, vegetarian and vegan op�ons -- even dessert.

A taste of Japan, in Albany. Come by today and have some sushi!

Open 11 am to 10 pm

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New Morning Bakery

A local landmark for over 30 years. Our bakers and chefs are at work around-the-clock preparing all your favorite dishes and baked goods using only the finest ingredients. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, or anything in between. Now offering catering too.

Mon-Sat 7:00 - 9:00

Sunday 8:00 - 8:00

219 SW 2nd St. Downtown Corvallis 541-754-0181

La Rockita

Corvallis' favorite Mexican food. Come eat! Or order online for pickup.

11AM to 7PM, closed on Sundays.

922 NW Circle Blvd #130


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